Healthy Planet, Healthy PeopleΒΆ

Friday, October 15, 2021

I signed the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition and agree with Pope Francis who says:

We urge you, leaders, at the two COPs, and at the G7 and G20, to:

  • Explicitly recognize human-induced climate change and biodiversity as part of one and the same crisis. Acknowledge the need for ambitious, integrated, and transformative action that responds to both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

  • Urgently affirm the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and to a new biodiversity global goal of 50% conservation of lands and waters, and restoration and sustainable management of all the rest of land and water bodies to ensure no more biodiversity loss.

  • Recognize the ecological debt of high income nations and agree to reform the financial system and cancellation of debt, so that all countries can restart economies that work for all peoples and the planet.

To achieve this all Governments must:

  • Increase ambition: update near term national targets on climate and biodiversity action to reflect their fair national share of the global effort to deliver on a 1.5 degree Celsius limit to warming, and a new global goal of 50% protection of nature.

  • Fulfil promises: ensure delivery of existing finance commitments and agree new targets to support adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage in developing countries.

  • Catalyse transformation: Stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure and redirect destructive subsidies towards socially responsive renewable energy and agro-ecological farming approaches.

  • Prioritise rights: reaffirm and respect obligations to protect and respect human rights, including in particular the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities in climate and biodiversity action.